My three youngest children (they are actually young adults, now, but still live at home with us) all have special needs- autism and developmental delays, and one of them, our adopted Russian daughter, Lena, had a serious reaction to some medication she had been taking. It resulted in five pretty sleepless, exhausting days for all of us and translated into almost no progress on the conference table I am supposed to have ready in the very near future. I am tired, financially stressed, and the temperature in my shop is exceeding 100 degrees every afternoon. Such is the romantic, fulfilling life of the craftsman. Thank God, though, for family, friends, fans (the kind that move air), and good doctors.
One nice thing happening is a feature article on my work that is to appear in the next issue (July 2009) of Custom Woodworking Business Magazine. One of their writers, Brad Walseth, contacted me a few weeks ago, and we began putting it together at a leisurely pace (well, at least for me; Brad is the one doing the real work). Then he called me on my cell phone yesterday afternoon as we were bringing our daughter home from the doctor, and said they wanted a photo of my furniture for the cover. Wow! That sounded exciting; but it couldn’t be a studio shot or have a neutral background. They wanted something in a room setting, and they needed it in less than 24 hours.
I emailed him four worthy candidates out of my iPhoto library, and with a quiet smile, awaited his choice. They were all rejected- not the right style, too blurry, more vertical and less horizontal. Not to be done out of my glory, I woke up this morning, got out my little tripod and my Olympus point and shoot, and waited for the sun to get around on the right side of the house. Then I dusted and decluttered the living room and went to work shooting some of the eclectic collection of things I have made that are in my own home.
These are what I sent the magazine, and, you know, photographers work hard, and that’s why they make the big bucks, and I still haven’t heard anything back. OK, these probably aren’t cover quality shots, but this is what I spent my day doing, and I insist that someone look at my pictures! Above is a little writing desk of wenge with curly maple accents. The chair is curly maple with bubinga back slats. Click to enlarge the images. To see more examples of my work go to My Furniture Gallery.